Miss V from Moscow
M & H Productions (for PRC)
This is likely to be the worst WW2 espionage movie you will ever see. Why is explained in the following review which was lifted from a place whose name is no longer mentioned in polite society:
"This isn't the Greatest Generation's World War II. It is an absurd, low-budget attempt at making a spy drama that instead became an unintentional parody. It features a commissar with a Brooklyn-Russian accent; elderly waiters tottering around with secret notes; downed allied flyers having a hilariously good time in German-occupied France; the most unlikely bunch of Nazis outside of "The Producers"(1968); and that's just for starters. The plot is juvenile nonsense about a female Russian spy (Lola Lane) smuggled into Paris to save Anglo-American convoys. Her foil is John Vosper, who's laughably awful as a ruthless Nazi colonel who appears more like Hogan's Heroes' Colonel Klink. Lola lane's performance isn't much better. In fact, the only convincing cast members are those without lines. Capped with a jaw-dropping final scene, some might call "Miss V from Moscow" so bad it's good. I won't go that far, but I do give it three stars because this bizarre klinker must be seen to be believed."
Directed by Albert Herman
Released in 1942
a.k.a. "Intrigue in Paris"
April 16, 2014
WWII propaganda comedy
Yes, it is an unintended comedy. I watched all of these propaganda films first hand during WWII. Yes, I'm old. It seems to me the "bad" acting, by all the characters, is a function of the real purpose of the film. They did do a good job for the intended result. There are many films on the archive that were made and funded for purposes other than typical Hollywood entertainment. I liked this one because all the characters seemed to understand it was a farce.
April 15, 2014
This Is Not A Comedy?!!!
Released in late 1942, obviously as a propaganda tool to rally the home front against the nasty Nazis. Production values to one side, which are quite good by PRC standards, this film is totally insane. No other word for it. It would be totally laughable except that every so often people keep getting killed and sometimes that seems to play for laughs as well.
Were the nasty Nazis supposed to look like total lunatics? We'll never know. Lola Lane goes through her paces as if she is only waiting for the check to clear. The rest were glad to have work other than in a defense plant or waiting for the draft to hit. Acting is from bad to atrocious.
Not a must see by any means. Sound quality is flawed by hiss of wear on the film.
I wonder how much seed money the U.S. Government may have added to the budget?